African Style Hits Zurich

Hi, hope you’re having a great day!

This story is so inspirational I promise it’s worth the read wherever you live…

Having fallen in love with Stella Jean designs (see: Secret to Successfully Styling Patterns and Stella Jean MFW Fall2016 Show), I have been off on a mission for some time now to find some real African fabric to turn into funky outfits…and now seemingly out of nowhere I discovered Mamadou Konate…the most excellent African taylor with a fabulous array of fabrics from both Ghana and the Ivory Coast.


It felt like standing in a candy store selecting the fabrics I would buy. Best of all is the price – up to CHF 20 per metre! A serious bargain.DSC_0422

They are updated continuously too as looking at this picture I realise the pretty pinks certainly weren’t in store last time – might have to get some of that too 😉


Love Mamadou’s story – arriving in Switzerland in 2007 as a refugee from the Ivory Coast he started earning money by cleaning the streets of Zurich. Then one day an old lady came by and asked him if he wanted a sewing machine – he said yes, took it home and has never looked back!

Self taught the first thing he sewed was a pair of trousers for himself – pretty soon afterwards he was asked to produce a uniform for the Ballet group then called “Café au lait“. In May 2008 he rented a stand at Afro-Pfingsten in Winterthur and his business has been booming ever since -now having a shop located right in the centre of Zurich at Seilergraben 7.

DSC_0425His work is exquisite with beautiful lining he’ll create anything you ask him too…wait for it my lovely creations will be on instagram soon 😉

DSC_0465For any of you that like to dabble at making your own clothes Mamadou also gives sewing classes – check out more here.

Here my current favourite photo of Stella Jean inspiration:


If you want to try your own it’s a simple trip to:
Mamadou Konate
Seilergraben 7
8001 Zurich
phone: +41 78 866 86 95

Wishing you all a fab day!


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

  1. Oh these look just gorgeous. I love a beautiful print. Now I just wished I lived in Zurich! I particurly love the first outfit Mamadou is standing next to.

    It was lovely to meet you in London recently at the 3040 Blogger Meet Yvonne. I hope we get to meet again! Melissa x

    1. Thanks Melissa, it was super nice meeting you in London too:-)
      I’m certainly looking forward to the next blogger meet!
      Have a great weekend
      Yvonne xx

      ps: if you really eant some fabric i’m sure I could organise for you. x

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